Google Glass is not history yet as it seems that the company still wants to shove the tech up someone’s throat. A Glass model just passed FCC and it seems that the US will have another eye-computer to buy in the near future. At least the enterprise part of the US! In order to sell a Google Glass in the US – with WiFi and Bluetooth radio – one would indeed need FCC permissions. Regulations have to be passed in order for the device to sell, which makes counting and measuring important too. Rumors regarding this upcoming Glass Enterprise talk about 5GHz WiFi capacity, better battery life and more improvements. But there are no official news from Google yet. An FCC approved device means that one available to the targeted public is not that far from completion though. But the news regarding a new Google Glass were not received with as much enthusiasm as previous related bits of information. It seems that the Glass hype has simmered down by now – considering it was announced in 2012, when it broke the I/O convention. Could this movement to a business and enterprise niche be the place that Google Glass will sell best? We will have to wait and see! Source: Droid Life
Project Aura is successfully working on bringing Google Glass back to life. The team that worked on the smart glasses in the past is now in charge of more than one wearable, and that includes other eye wearables too. They will not have prism displays though, which kind of explains the name change. Project Aura individuals have been working on three wearables, although only two could get to see the light of a production process in the end. One wearable device can get a glass HUD display but it is destined to enterprise users and the other, more aimed at sport and active customers, will only offer an auditory experience. It appears that Google and Project Aura managed to get some audio experts from Amazon to help them out on this one. And we won’t have to wait for a long time for these possible devices to launch as, considering that Tony Fadell is overseeing the project, it will possibly release sometime next year. We can only hope that these devices will be a bit more affordable and that they will actually have some practicality to them. Source: The Information via Phandroid
Google Glass is reborn and its new name is Project Aura. This new division of the Alphabet parent company that now presides over Google is being revived and changed into a whole new thing. New software developers and engineers have already been hired and new plans are being put in action as we speak. Rumors put ex-Amazon employees from the Lab126, people who took care of the fire smartphone project, in charge of the new task. The team is being led by Ivy Ross who will report to Google’s head of connected home business Tony Fadell himself. Project Aura will not work only on the Google Glass project but on other wearable tech as well. Even if it was somewhat of a failure, Google Glass still has potential for the execs who hope that this tech will turn into something profitable and futuristic enough to be used by the masses. Let’s hope that, in the future, the new Project Aura will learn from its mistakes and release a good product, whatever that may be. Source: Androidcentral
The next Google Glass project phase will be directed at enterprises and it should feature an attachable design which can be clipped on (or something similar) to other eye-wear. There have been lots of rumors circulating over these past few months and some recent news reports may shed some light on the mystery of the Google project. The new iteration of Google Glass will have a curved rectangular form, plus it will also sport a button-and-hinge system that will allow it to attach to different types of glasses, sunglasses and other possible types of eyewear. It appears that Google is willing to make the project available for healthcare, manufacturing and energy companies. Moreover, it is already being distributed to software developers in order to facilitate the creation of viable applications. A new consumer version is also in the works, but it will not be seen on the market until as recent as a year from now, sources say. The previous Glass version which was launched last year got a lot of backlash because it was launched to soon and was not ready for consumer use. The new Google Glass enterprise version should have a faster Intel processor and better wireless connectivity. The device is said to be powered by an external battery pack which connects magnetically and it is supposed to offer a prolonged life time for the device. The accessory will also have a longer and thinner prism display which will be adjustable for more flexibility. For […]
Google Glass was last year’s wonder gadget along with other new toys, but its life was very short. The Glass Explorer Program was graduated a few weeks back from its experimental X labs, but it appears that the graduation was in fact a kill or a transcending of sorts. More than one person asked themselves if this really meant progression or the end for the ambitious glasswear. It appears that the Glass as we know it is really dead, but its spirit lives on and the project is on the verge of transformation. Glass is now under the control of Nest team leader Tony Fadell who will not recur to public experimentation. It appears that Google Glass became a public phenomenon because of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who lobbied for the project to be tested by the public via the Explorer program even if the developing team knew it was not ready yet. Nest’s team is now in charge and it appears that its leader will not be testing the new device with the help of the public. Fadell is starting over with the project and there will be no Explorer program this time, meaning that Google Glass will be made public only when it will be complete. Source: New York Times via AndroidPolice
UPDATE: the link you may access is not available anymore, it will be shut down by Google shortly as only pipeline Explorer clients and invited clients will be able to get the device. Apparently, the one day deal we talked about a few days ago regarding Google Glass has turned into a regular deal that might not please everyone. Google Glass is now public and the Explorer edition is sold at the same price of $1500. Now this futuristic device became the present and it may go over the beta stage soon, which means an even lower price, if we’re lucky! The $1500 purchase gives you the glasses, a charger or a cable, a pouch, a mono earbuds and free shades or prescription frames if you need them.